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new-islamabad-internationalISLAMABAD: The New Islamabad International Airport, located in Fateh Jang Tehsil of Attock District some 30 km southwest of the Federal Capital, is expected to be completed and operational by 2014.

A Chinese company and Frontier Works Organization (WFO) are working round the clock to complete construction of passengers terminals buildings before the deadline, official sources said here on Monday.

The new airport will replace the existing one, Benazir Bhutto International Airport located in Chaklala.

Talking to APP, an official said that at present, the Benazir Bhutto International Airport is handling 18 airlines, out of which most of the international commercial flights are operated at morning time which cause rush and delays.

He, however, expressed the confidence that the new airport spread over 3,600-acre would not only serve the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi but also the adjoining provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Estimated to cost about $400 million, the new airport facility, which is the first green-field airport in Pakistan, would comprise a contemporary state-of-the-art passenger terminal building, control tower, runway with a provision of a secondary runway, taxiways, apron, cargo complex, and hangar together with all the necessary infrastructure and ancillary facilities.

The new airport would cater to the requirements of latest generation of modern passenger aircraft.

He said the new airport will have a modular design to handle 6.5 million passengers per annum and 80,000 metric tonnes cargo per annum.

Being a new airport, a significant portion of the land has been earmarked for commercial purposes such as duty-free shops, hotel and convention centre, air malls, business centre, food courts, leisure and recreational facilities.

The new airport is envisaged to be a modern landmark structure symbolic to represent twenty-first century Pakistan, as it will be the diplomatic and business gateway to Pakistan through the Capital City of Islamabad.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012


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